We seem to have had a run of bad news the last couple of weeks. From big business projects being cancelled or postponed resulting in loss of income, to personal issues that distract us from the business. When adversity strikes, you realise there are some things you just can’t predict. And some things you just can’t control. That’s life.

In the last few weeks, I have used more clichés than ever to get my head around the constant influx of bad news. Business owners should “expect” to face “unexpected” adversity. It is the response to adversity that separates successful businesses from those who succumb to the hardships. And that’s often what our coaching sessions are about.

It is what it is

My dad’s favourite saying… and it’s true. The past is the past. You have to accept it, and move forward. Don’t waste time stewing and brewing over a negative situation. Complaining and bemoaning the situation isn’t going to change what’s already happened. You can only change what is still to come and you need to channel your energy into the next steps.

Roll with the punches

In boxing, you need to position your body in such a way as to decrease the force of impact of the opponent’s incoming punches. It’s about coping with adversity by being flexible, absorbing the blow and carrying on regardless. Having good business relationships, positive cash flow, flexible processes, etc all soften the blow when the “proverbial” hits the fan.

Go with the flow

Sometimes it is better not to “swim upstream”. Pick your fights appropriately, channel your energy where you can make a difference and add value, and let things that are out of your control run its course. When you are resolute, inflexible, stubborn and rigid in your approach, you will never win the battle.

When life gives you lemons make lemonade

In the face of adversity, it’s sometimes hard to understand why. But how often do you realise down the line that everything happens for a reason, and perhaps the incident is a blessing in disguise. Rather than waiting it out and hoping… take control of the situation and look for a way to create something positive from it. How can I make the most of the time that is free now that my big project is cancelled? Can I bring those new business meetings forward?

Get back on the horse

When things don’t go according to plan, giving up is not an option. If you don’t try again, you will always regret it. The longer you leave it, the less likely you will go back to it.

It could be worse

There is always a worse scenario than the one you are facing. Get some perspective on your business issues and challenges. The sun will still come up tomorrow, you still have your brain and it’s not the end of the world. At least the big project is just postponed, and we will still implement it at a later date.

Sometimes you win. Sometimes you learn

There’s a lesson to everything in life. “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”. Every experience – good or bad – shapes the future you. Choose to learn from life’s little mishaps rather than becoming a victim of your circumstance.

Whatever life is throwing at you at the moment, “this too will pass”. Focus on the positives, have an attitude of gratitude and pay attention to your intention.

If adversity is overwhelming your ability to take your business to the next level, let’s help you.

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